sensitive job, a very powerful job. all of this, if he is nominated will have to play out in his confirmation hearings and perhaps later on the floor of the senate in a debate. i can't predict if he will be nominated or confirmed. but give him every consideration, but keep your powder dry. >> not only has he come under consternation because of remarks, referring to the israel lobby, he has come under fire from the left, or some -- anti-gay comments, perceived that way by a lot of people. does that make a potential confirmation battle even more difficult for him. >> you are killed by a thousand cuts, politically, or businesswise. obviously, you pointed out two or three cuts, if there will be more, it will be difficult. it will be a difficult nomination to be confirmed. but we will have to wait and see. i can't predict, as i said.